ODOT opens new maintenance facility in Jefferson County
NEW PHILADELPHIA, OHIO (Tuesday, August 27, 2013) – Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) Director Jerry Wray, ODOT District 11 Deputy Director Lloyd MacAdam and ODOT’s Jefferson County staff ceremoniously cut the ribbon today for their new, $7.5 million maintenance facility.
“This is an investment in Jefferson County and in our people at ODOT who do great things for Ohio communities,” Wray said. “It’s the ODOT worker who opens the road after a rockslide. It’s the ODOT worker who fills the pothole after it eats a piece of roadway. It’s the ODOT worker who plows the snow to make our travels much easier each winter. And this new facility will help them accomplish all of those tasks.”
Employees will have access to a 6,000-ton salt storage building, a mix building with added material capacity, nine-bay equipment storage and 19-stall truck storage buildings, and a main garage building with offices.
Being in a more centralized location with much greater capacity, this new garage will improve customer service and the overall efficiency of operations by providing better access to the county’s truck routes, 450-plus lane miles and 130 bridges.
MacAdam said, “Relocating near the Jefferson County Industrial Park will also help us be better community members by relieving a residential neighborhood of the traffic and noise associated with our 24-hour operations during the winter season. No matter how conscientious our staff was or how hard we tried over the years, we could not be the best of neighbors in that type of environment.”
ODOT’s contractor was LW Associates, Inc., from Ashville, Ohio.
For more information, contact: Becky Giauque \Jee-awg\, District 11 Communications, at (330) 308-3949
Ohio’s highways are essential to keeping and creating new jobs. With a mission to provide easy movement of people and goods from place to place, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is responsible for maintaining one of the largest transportation networks in the nation. Guided by ethical principles and accountability, ODOT works to improve safety, enhance travel and advance economic development. As a $2.8 billion enterprise, the department wisely invests in its core services of snow and ice removal, annual construction program and highway maintenance operations.